Isaiah 1:9
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9  Had not the lord of Hosts Left us some survivors, We should be like Sodom, Another Gomorrah.

lu-LAY a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT ho-TEER LA-nu sa-REED kim-AT kis-DOM ha-YEE-nu la-a-mo-RAH da-MEE-nu

ט  לוּלֵי יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת הוֹתִיר לָנוּ שָׂרִיד כִּמְעָט כִּסְדֹם הָיִינוּ לַעֲמֹרָה דָּמִינוּ׃

1:9   We should be like Sodom, another Gomorrah

The first chapter of Sefer Yeshayahu begins with a description of the devastation caused to Yehuda during the Assyrian invasion of 701 BCE. Only through Hashem’s kindness and mercy, and not through their own merit and strength, do the Jewish people merit to remain in the land. The people remark that they were nearly wiped out, as were Sodom and Gomorrah in times of old. By way of allusion, in verse 10 the prophet begins to convey the message that the reason for this was because they had adopted the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah, oppressing the poor while feigning piety. In order to remain in the Land of Israel, they must learn to behave towards everyone with genuine piety.

 

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  • Malcolm Wilson

    In verse 9 it talks about a small remnant and numerous other Scriptures.
    How or what are or is a small remnant and have they already been sovereignly chosen by HaShem?

  • The merciful God we serve continues to show that there is hope.However we need to be strengthened by the power of God in us to stop commitiing sin and work towards righteous living.It will not be easy but I believe that we can please God by trying and of course He will help us on.

  • Andrea Kelly

    Was it only oppression of the poor? Sodom and Gomorrah was destroy for more than that. The nation of Israel had gone the ways of those nations but God in mercy and grace speared a remnant. He could gave wiped them out.

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